The Deleted Question

The Bible for Atheists, series final. Recorded on Sunday 19th August 2018 The question – came to me via email, 7:24pm, 24 May 2018, it was very entertaining: “1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this […]

Is God evil?

“The old testament is full of horror stories that paint a very evil picture of God, and which provide poor moral guidance for modern humans. There are far too many examples for me to give specifics.” (Barry Matson) Stephen Fry’s preference – the Greek gods, “didn’t pretend not to be human in their appetites, capriciousness […]

A woman’s uncleanness: childbirth and menstruation

(The Bible for Atheists, number 9) “Why would God design a woman’s body and then require her to sacrifice two birds once a month because the natural cycle is considered unclean?” (from Tanya) Two passages to consider together: Leviticus 12 (childbirth), Leviticus 15:19-30 (menstruation) Let’s begin by stating the obvious: It struck me as really […]

Created in His Own Image

(The Bible for Atheists, number 8) 1) If your god (according to Genesis) created Man in his own image, where IS that image? 2) How did he have a clue what Woman should look like (ie in whose image)? (from Wes) ABSOLUTELY NOBODY takes this literally! (except maybe atheists!) Question is based upon an even […]

That’s the Gospel Truth

“I have read The New Testament. It’s a mess of conflicting stories about events decades before it was written. And some people believe The Bible is the literal truth. This does not make any sense whatsoever. My question is this – how can The Bible be literal truth when it essentially contradicts itself?” (Lee) “Why […]

Why are the Jewish scriptures in the Bible?

“Why is the Jewish Old Testament included in the Bible? Including nonsense about owning slaves and the like. And what’s with that mushroom tripping monk who wrote Revelations? If you are Christians, then why waste your time on anything except the gospels? The rest of the Bible is just opinions and history, written by mere […]

The Sacrifice of Isaac, the Crucifixion of Jesus, and the God of Love

“Why, in the story of Abraham and Isaac, did no-one suggest that human sacrifice is wrong, or that Abraham had no right to human-sacrifice his child?” (from Paul, The Bible for Atheists #5) How did idolatry and the sacrificial system begin? The Bible does not attempt to explain the existence of idolatry and the sacrificial […]